Live Gallery: Private Function at the Crow Bar, Sydney 18.05.2023

Private Function

Private Function have just dropped their latest studio album ‘370HSSV 0773H’ and to celebrate, they’ve embarked on a national tour. Tonight they play the Crow Bar with fellow Melburnians, Smooch in support.

The new album (produced by Chris Wright at Sunset Pig Studios,) is a follow-up to 2020’s ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ In case you’re wondering, the new album’s title is a rude greeting spelled upside-down. The release of the new album met with some controversy, one range of ‘370HSSV 0773H’ was described as the “world’s first piss-filled record”. The album was banned (subsequently lifted) in SA because the cover featured a scratchy.

The band is known for its short and ferociously punchy songs and wild live shows. Tonight is no exception. The Crow Bar is sweaty and dimly lit as the band take the stage. Backed by roaring guitars and bass, Private Function are a relentlessly intense force of nature. The volume is turned up to an ear-shattering level as vocalist, Chris Penney jumps into the crowd and the mosh pit erupts, with fans hurling themselves into the fray, colliding and bouncing off each other in unbridled frenzy. Crowd favourite is a blistering cover of Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’, with Penney standing in the middle of the crowd and somehow, getting every audience member to sit down around him as he intones the words of ‘Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep’.

Chris Penney gets the crowd to sit down as Private Function cover Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’

The band keep up a frenetic pace, Penney and Milla Holland throw themselves around the stage, bouncing and changing direction like human pinballs.

At one point, to the delight of the crowd, Penney produces a colourful, bubble-blowing sabre, as we celebrate our own version of the Coronation. There is so much happening on stage that I feel like I am going to develop self-inflicted nystagmus as my eyes struggle to keep up with the mayhem playing out before me.

Private Function are one of the best live acts in Australia right now, don’t miss them.

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Private Function Setlist Crow Bar 18.05.2023

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